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Selecting objects that have similar properties

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Video: Selecting objects that have similar properties

Selecting objects using a window or crossing window is fairly easy in AutoCAD, but what if you wanted to select all of the text in your drawing, or what if you wanted to select all circles on a specific layer? Selections like these required us to use afilter. Well, in AutoCAD 2011 we can now make filter-based selections using the new Select Similar tool. On my screen I've got a drawing of a civil engineering detail. If we zoom in a little bit, we can see that this drawing contains several hatch objects. If I hover over one of these, we can see the hatch was drawn on a layer called det-6.

Selecting objects that have similar properties

Selecting objects using a window or crossing window is fairly easy in AutoCAD, but what if you wanted to select all of the text in your drawing, or what if you wanted to select all circles on a specific layer? Selections like these required us to use afilter. Well, in AutoCAD 2011 we can now make filter-based selections using the new Select Similar tool. On my screen I've got a drawing of a civil engineering detail. If we zoom in a little bit, we can see that this drawing contains several hatch objects. If I hover over one of these, we can see the hatch was drawn on a layer called det-6.

This is incorrect. The hatch should be on a hatch layer. To correct this I'll select one of the hatch objects, and then I'll right-click and choose Select Similar from the menu. This selects all of the hatch objects on the det-6 layer. And to make my correction, I'll move up to my layer control. I'll select the correct layer and then I'll hit Escape to deselect my entities. Let's make another change. When I made my section labels, I made them a little too small. To make these larger, it's absolutely no problem. I can select one of the labels, right-click, choose Select Similar, which selects all the text on that specific layer.

And to adjust the height of these, I am going to hit Ctrl+1. That brings up my Property Changer. Right here in the Text area, I'll come down to Paper text height and we'll set this to 0.25 and hit Enter. That updates all of my text. I can then close the Property Changer and I'll hit Escape to deselect my entities. Let's back up a little bit, because I'd like to make one more change. Let's say this is a brand-new detail that we are creating from an existing detail. Well, if that's the case, I am going to need to erase some of these revision notes.

To do that I'll select one of the notes and right-click. I'll choose Select Similar, which grabs all of our text. Then I'll hold my Shift key and I'll make a crossing window around these entities to remove them from my selection. Just because we've selected all of the objects doesn't mean we have to erase them all. Now that my selection is finished, I'll move up and click the Erase icon to erase those entities. By default Select Similar is selecting our objects based on object type and layer. Let's take a look at how we can adjust the Select Similar settings.

To do that, I am going to type selectsimilar and hit Enter. Essentially I have just launched the command from the command line. But by doing that I have access to the Settings. Now I can get into my Settings by typing SE, the capitalized letters we see right here. Or I can right-click and select Settings from the menu. This brings up my Select Similar Settings dialog box and I can use these checkboxes to control the sensitivity of this tool.

Right now we can see Select Similar is selecting our objects based on object type, who happened to share a common layer. I can also have the objects share a common color, or line type, or any other setting I wish. Now at this point I don't want to make any changes. So I am going to click Cancel and then we'll hit Escape to get out of the command. In AutoCAD 2011 selections that used to require a filter can now be made in just a couple clicks. So long as you can select one object that represents what you're looking for, you can select all of the others by using Select Similar.

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AutoCAD 2011 New Features

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 28s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 14m 2s
    1. Adapting to the updated Drawing window
      4m 4s
    2. Introducing the Navigation bar
      5m 28s
    3. Accessing the web-based help system
      4m 30s
  3. 27m 36s
    1. Understanding the new visibility controls
      3m 5s
    2. Selecting objects that have similar properties
      3m 24s
    3. Creating new geometry based on existing objects
      2m 20s
    4. Making selections when entities overlap
      4m 11s
    5. Applying transparency to objects
      5m 44s
    6. Controlling text alignment within linetypes
      8m 52s
  4. 16m 38s
    1. Automating the creation of geometric constraints
      5m 35s
    2. Applying constraints to text rotation
      3m 8s
    3. Using the updated Parameters Manager
      7m 55s
  5. 38m 40s
    1. Streamlining hatch creation
      5m 56s
    2. Editing hatch objects dynamically
      4m 36s
    3. Editing polylines using multifunctional grips
      6m 14s
    4. Creating splines using fit points or control vertices
      10m 30s
    5. Editing splines using intuitive grip menus
      8m 17s
    6. Using the JOIN command to connect contiguous geometry
      3m 7s
  6. 18m 56s
    1. Exploring the updated 3D working environment
      6m 50s
    2. Simplifying the creation and editing of solid models
      5m 59s
    3. Introducing new tools to edit mesh models
      6m 7s
  7. 1h 25m
    1. Introducing surfaces
      2m 50s
    2. Understanding associative surfaces
      7m 9s
    3. Creating composite models using surfaces and solids
      9m 3s
    4. Producing a smooth blend between surfaces
      7m 20s
    5. Trimming and extending surfaces
      10m 55s
    6. Projecting geometry onto a surface
      5m 29s
    7. Filleting the edge between two surfaces
      6m 37s
    8. Creating offset and network surfaces
      8m 45s
    9. Pushing and pulling surfaces into freeform shapes
      10m 52s
    10. Analyzing surface continuity
      6m 15s
    11. Assembling the composite model
      10m 40s
  8. 22m 2s
    1. Introducing the new Materials Browser
      6m 10s
    2. Applying materials to an assembly
      6m 2s
    3. Customizing render materials
      5m 17s
    4. Creating a high-resolution image
      4m 33s
  9. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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